Reviews of Ghost Belonged To Me, the (1975)
Review by kirwar4face (2003-09-19)
I was well out of my teens, chronologically, when I encountered this novel, and so never got around to looking up the author's other books. I mean to, soon. This little young-adult novel is still one of the liveliest I've read, alive with detail and perfectly-drawn characters. Because it's set in the imaginedly-idyllic milieu of Early-20th-Century small-town America, there are no social problems to bother us more serious than inappropriate tipsiness at a lawn party (which gives us the funniest scene in the book) and an unsolved haunting or two. 'At one time there was a ghost out in the brick barn on the back of our place,' begins the narrator simply, and the book never gets boring for a single sentence thereafter. We come away from the book feeling how very nice it can be to be human beings. I don't ask for a better reading experience than that.